To be disgraced in the eye of the world, to wear the appearance of infamy while her heart is all purity, her actions all innocence, and the misconduct of another the true source of her debasement, is one of those circumstances which peculiarly belong to the heroine’s life, and her fortitude under it what particularly dignifies her character.
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Prosecutors said fighters raped village elders to publicly debase them.
Nothing has been left undone to cripple their intellects, darken their minds, debase their moral nature, ...
Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass